The Big Walls: From the North Face of the Eiger to the South Face of Dhaulagiri

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Mountaineers Books, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 215 pages
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-- A fascinating overview of big wall climbing -- yesterday, today and tomorrow with tribute to the new trailblazing climbers of the twenty-first century-- Packed with 165 powerful color photos and 23 black and whiteIn a historical account of big wall climbing, world-class climber Reinhold Messner begins in 1860, with the Alpine walls. They are steep, exposed, extremely difficult to climb and lead up to some of the highest summits in the world. Messner knows them all; he was the first man to climb a dozen of them and the first to conquer all fourteen eight-thousanders.In his description of recent ascents, he pays tribute to the younger generation who have once more revealed new dimensions in climbing. Thanks to Messner's contact with many of these new, young mountaineers, the book covers the latest information and pictures of these amazing big walls and ones yet to be mastered.

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About the author (2001)

Since 1969, Reinhold Messner has gone on more than one hundred expeditions to the mountains and deserts of the earth. Recognized as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time, Messner does without expansion bolts, oxygen masks, or satellite phones. He has achieved a great many first ascents, conquered all fourteen of the worlds 8,000-meter peaks, succeeded in traversing Greenland, and provided an answer to the mystery of the Yeti. He is the author of Everest, The Crystal Horizon, Free Spirit, Antarctica, To the Top of the World, and All 14 Eight-Thousanders, among other titles. He lives with his family in the South Tyrol in Italy.

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